About Ray

Ray describes himself as a Celtic New Monastic for Tomorrow's World. He is the Founding Guardian of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda, a movement of Christians who seek to restore Christianity as a way of life with a rhythm of prayer, work, learning, service and re-creation. He is a principal tutor in its Celtic Christian Studies programmes and an author of over thirty books on spirituality, changing church and society, and liturgy.  He lives in a Community House in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, a few miles from UK's Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which houses the Community's Retreat and Study Centre, The Open Gate. He engages in mentoring, leadership training and lectures and leads retreats in several continents.

Ray is ordained an Anglican priest and as a church planter has been recognised as a Methodist and as a United Reformed minister, as a minister to Baptists, as a Quaker adherent and he was commissioned by a Catholic Diocese to ‘build one family of Christians’.

Other interests include the gym, hill scrambling, galleries and films. He has family in Norwich UK and Cork, Ireland.


a prayer...

We arise today
in the wisdom of the One
who brought to birth the giant plains,
the water and the first beings.
We arise today
in the brightness of the One
who created the blazing sun,
the shining stars and the twinkle in our eyes.
We arise today
in the mercy of the One
who gave us dreams
and memories and hearts.

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